Friday, June 24, 2016

What Makes Me Smile

It didn't take much to make me smile this week . . .

a gorgeous Double Delight rose captured on a morning walk . . . 

an old box

 to which I added a vintage look handle, meaningless numbers and greenery . . . 

primary colors throughout the house . . . 

setting the table for an evening with friends  - metal initials were tied to sprigs of rosemary to indicate seat assignments . . . 

flowers in the garden . . . 

a sweet gift from a friend

who found the mirror and said it had to be mine because it had my initials . . .

flowers sitting on a garden bench waiting to be planted . . .

Sky Flower just beginning to bloom . . .

walking on the beach with Steve and Lulu after dinner . . .

and the unexpected spotting of the Goodyear Blimp escaping into the clouds.

What made you smile this week?

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Welcome to Share Your Cup #203

Welcome to Share Your Cup (SYC ), the party where you share what makes you happy - it's what your hosts call "filling your cup".

It's my turn to share my favorites for the features this week, but first let's take a peek at what your hosts have been up to.

Jann is still taking a blogging break, but I am sure she is whipping up beautiful creations  - it's what she does.

Jann gathered all her bee related objects for her post, The Bees Knees

and I compared myself to the bees in Busy Bees.

 After reading the post More Bliss at Podso, I wrote about Puttering around the house and garden.

And now, it's time to see my favorites - way too many fabulous choices this week!

Sherry of Thrift My House shared her beautiful and thrifty Backyard Garden.

In Just My Cup of Tea, Kim of Sarah Lizzies shared the adorable lamp her husband made for her and as she called it her "newly tarted up" chair.

In Farmhouse Linen Cabinet, Meg of Hello Farmhouse talked about finding the perfect old piece for the guest room of their 120 year old farmhouse - she says the wavy glass makes her smile!

I just love this repurposed sled shared by Redo It Yourself Inspirations.

Amy of Ms. Toody Goo Shoes shared her beautiful Summer Deck.

Sherri of To Simply Inspire shared a recipe that has me intrigued and I must give it a try - who would have thought to make Chocolate Avocado Pudding.

Thanks so much for sharing and be sure to grab our button if you were featured.

Monday, June 20, 2016


I read a lovely post shared by Dotsie of Podso this morning titled More Bliss

and she talked about a luncheon she shared with a group of friends where she asked each woman to share how they found their bliss.

Dotsie found that each of her friends savored the days when they could just putter around the house.

I must agree with Dotsie and her friends that having time to putter is bliss to me.

Frequently the puttering is productive - Steve and I puttered together to create a new sign for the porch.

I messed up on the spacing of the letters, but Steve saved the day by suggesting that we add a starfish to solve the problem.

Steve is busy working on a commission so I had time to putter around in La Petite Maison.

It started simply by taking an old chair out of storage and adding a basket of flowers.

Then, I decided to organize the shelves so I could take photos of the fun items I received from Kathy of Kluless.

I had inquired about some cute tart tins Kathy posted on Instagram.

She sent me the tins and included the cutest wooden blocks - I wonder why she thought of me when she saw the blocks?

The shelves are organized,

like items are placed together

and there are only a few baskets on the floor.

You wouldn't think a space this small would hold much.

I really need to stop puttering,

but it's so much fun to pick flowers and play around with pictures.

What about you, is puttering your "bliss"?

However you find it, I wish you a blissful day.

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Friday, June 17, 2016

Busy Bees


Summer days are here

and the garden is looking like a jungle -

from the lavender

to the fortnight lilies

to the Matilija poppies beneath the living room windows.

The sidewalk between the lavender and the Matilija poppies is completely covered and almost impassable. 

 I have to be gentle as I walk past the fragile poppies, but I have to be particularly careful around the bees.

The bees love our garden and they aren't especially happy when I snip off stems to use in my bouquets.

I managed to get to my little potting bench to freshen up all my wilting bouquets, 

 without upsetting those bees.

After the bouquets were arranged and set around the house,

I decided to dress up this old bench for summer.

A little fishing line and a bunch of mini beach balls from Oriental Trading Co.

and things are looking fresh and summery.

The bees and I were both busy in the garden - I just wish they would help me pull the weeds and tame the jungle.